Stand-out experiences for me were many, including a beach picnic, paddling in the sea, being heralded by the town crier, cycling to a park for breakfast, taking a food journey by train and being taken by horse and carriage for afternoon tea. I enjoyed walking in a community garden and even feeding a Wagyu beef cow! I also have fond recollections of the smell of freshly baked sourdough bread, the aroma of coffee, the feel of seaweed on my skin, the sound of people chatting in a restaurant and the taste of the freshest produce from the land, sea and air, cooked with flair and care. But what remains rooted in my memory of this trip is not only the wonderful food and beverage experiences, it is the warm welcome that we received, the genuine Irish hospitality for which Ireland is deservedly famous. We met people with real passion who work extremely hard to promote and give a true, authentic experience of Irish food. There is no doubt that community spirit is alive and well around the island of Ireland. A combination of hard work, creativity and collaboration has resulted in each place we visited being highly worthy as a finalist in the Foodie Destinations Awards.
May I extend heartiest congratulations to everyone involved in the National Foodie Destinations Awards. This is just part of the journey. Let’s work together to keep this exiting ‘Irish Food Movement’ going from strength to strength.
Read more: The Irish Times – Ireland’s top food destinations revealed